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1 someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric [syn: weirdo, weirdie, weirdy, spook]
2 a slow longitudinal movement or deformation
3 a pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but adults cannot
4 a slow creeping mode of locomotion (on hands and knees or dragging the body); "a crawl was all that the injured man could manage"; "the traffic moved at a creep" [syn: crawl, crawling, creeping]


1 move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground; "The crocodile was crawling along the riverbed" [syn: crawl]
2 to go stealthily or furtively; "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house" [syn: sneak, mouse, steal, pussyfoot]
3 grow in such a way as to cover (a building, for example); "ivy grew over the walls of the university buildings" [syn: grow over]
4 show submission or fear [syn: fawn, crawl, cringe, cower, grovel] [also: crept]

User Contributed Dictionary





  • , /kriːp/, /kri:p/


  1. The movement of something that creeps (like worms or snails)
  2. A relatively small gradual change, variation or deviation (from a planned value) in a measure.
  3. A slight displacement of an object: the slight movement of something
  4. In the context of "publishing": In sewn books, the tendency of pages on the inside of a quire to stand out farther than those on the outside of it.
  5. In the context of "materials science": An increase in strain with time; the gradual flow or deformation of a material under stress.
  6. The imperceptible downslope movement of surface rock.
  7. In the context of "informal|pejorative": An annoying irritating person
  8. In the context of "informal|pejorative": A frightening and/or disconcerting person, especially one who gives the speaker chills or who induces psychosomatic facial itching.
    Stop following me, you creep!


movement of something that creeps
small gradual change in a measure
slight displacement
tendency of pages iniside of a quire to stand out
gradual deformation of material under stress
imperceptible downslope movement of surface
informal: an annoyingly unpleasant person
  • Dutch: griezel , engerd
  • Finnish: nilkki
  • German: Knilch
  • Italian: antipatico
frightening or disconcerting person


  1. To move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground.
    Lizards and snakes crept over the ground.
  2. Of plants, to grow across a surface rather than upwards.
  3. To move slowly and quietly in a particular direction.
    He tried to creep past the guard without being seen.
  4. To make small gradual changes, usually in a particular direction.
    Prices have been creeping up all year.


move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground
grow across a surface rather than upwards
move slowly and quietly in a particular direction
change or deviate gradually
  • Dutch: opschuiven
  • Finnish: hiipiä
  • German: schleichen

Extensive Definition

Creep may refer to:
  • Creep (deformation), a materials deformation process that can lead to mechanical failure
  • Downhill creep, the slow progression of rock down a low grade slope
  • Fault creep, a slow steady movement along an earthquake fault
  • Creep (project management), the jeopardizing of a project's initial objectives by an increase in overall objectives
  • Creep, advancing of a railway wheel more or less than is expected from rolling, without large-scale slip
  • Creap, a brand of powdered milk substitute popular in Japan
In entertainment:
CREEP may stand for:

See also

creep in German: Creep
creep in French: Creep (homonymie)
creep in Japanese: クリープ (曖昧さ回避)
creep in Slovak: Creep

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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